Things You Can See During Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites

For a few weeks now, the lineup for Fun Fun Fun Fest has been one of the biggest topics of conversation in Austin. The two most prevalent opinions we’ve heard vary between “It’s going to be awesome” and “I can’t friggin’ wait.”

If there’s anyone that can manage to get Nas, Judas Priest, and Neil Hamburger together on one event, it’s our friends at Transmission. Though the festival lineup alone is more than worth the price of admission, the lineup for FFF Nites, the nightly after shows that are free to festival wristband holders, push the fun to the limit.

The Nites performances—including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites—feature aftershow-only acts like MSTRKRFT, Meat Puppets, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Octopus Project, Negative Approach, MC Chris, and Power Trip, along with festival favorites like Dinosaur Jr., Dum Dum Girls, Z-Trip, Mineral, Fat White Family and more.

Here’s a list of some bands we’re particularly excited about seeing outside of Auditorium Shores. The Nites shows will be happening at venues including Mohawk, Red 7, Belmont, ACL Live, The North Door, Hotel Vegas, Beerland, Holy Mountain, Empire Control Room, Cheer Up Charlie’s and more.

If you have festival passes you’re all set, because the nites are free to FFF Fest wristband holders. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you don’t have passes, well, get on it.

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Dinosaur Jr.

ACL Live: Saturday, November 8th

There are rock bands, and then there are rock legends. J Mascis and Dinosaur Jr fall under the second category, and the crazy thing is they’ve been doing it for nearly 30 years. This will be just one late night show not to miss. Plus, the Meat Puppets are opening the show, at the best venues in town. That’s a triple threat.

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Fat White Family

Red 7: Friday, November 7th

Fat White Family have been hailed as “the greatest young rock band in the UK”, heirs to the throne of the “grand British tradition that stretches from The Libertines to The Sex Pistols and Rolling Stones”, and the “most horrible, depraved band in the country.” Which version will show up in Austin? We are looking forward to finding out. The UK Press is going nuts over them, with NME and The Guardian are naming them an artist to watch.

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The Octopus Project

Cheer Up Charlie’s: Saturday, November 8th

The Octopus Project are one of Austin’s most entertaining bands, mixing performance art with experimental pop and punk rock riffs. Not many bands can compete with this unique and captivating experience. The band released their fifth album, Fever Forms, via Peek-A-Boo Records on July 9th, 2013. If you aren’t from Austin and you want to see some of the best music this town has to offer, go watch this.

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Gorilla Biscuits

Mohawk Indoors: Sunday, November 9th

There aren’t many popular music festivals this year that highlight punk, but FFF grabbed some of the best for this year’s lineup. Gorilla Biscuits will help relieve (or re-live) any teenage angst that is left in your soul, and their album Start Today will go down as one of punk’s greatest efforts. If it ain’t cheap, it ain’t punk!

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Comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani

The New Movement: Saturday, November 8th

Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani have been making it in just about every possible medium. The group’s LA act “The Meltdown” recently turned into a feature program on Comedy Central, Jonah Ray has interviewed a laundry list of starts on “The Nerdist” Podcast, and Kumail is one of the many stars of Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley on HBO. Try not to laugh. We dare you.

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MSTRKRFT

Vulcan Gas Company: Friday, November 7th

If you come to FFF looking to party, then this is the nite show you must attend. MSTRKRFT, comprised of Jesse F. Keeler (Death from Above 1979) and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas), have been commissioned to remix songs by such artists as Justice, Bloc Party, Metric, Wolfmother, and The Kills. They are legends in the electronic/dance scene, and our friends at Vulcan Gas Company know how to host a great dance party.

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These are just a few of the Nites shows to consider. Need the perfect tool to make sure all your days and run smoothly? You can see a full list of everything FFF and add your favorite shows here.

Red Bull Paddock | The Party is on This Weekend

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As part of Austin Fan Fest, the Red Bull Paddock is giving fans a chance to see downtown from a rooftop lounge while enjoying music, drinks, and a common love of fast cars. As luck would have it, mother nature was gracious enough to bless attendees with beautiful weather on Thursday.

The fun isn’t even close to over, though. The Red Bull Paddock will be open to the public at The Market (319 Colorado Street) on Friday & Saturday to offer Formula 1 fans a unique pop-up space that combines vintage Austin flavor, a premium shopping experience, a place to lounge, and a place to party.

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Even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a motorsports aficionado, an open-air bar with music, shopping and a nice view of the Austin nightlife are features anyone can enjoy. The party will be going on from 3:00pm until 2:00am, with plenty of time to hang out, grab some cocktails, and watch DJ QuickDraw mix up a storm.

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The Red Bull Paddock can be found at 319 Colorado Street, inside The Market. Stop by between 3:00pm and 2:00am today and tomorrow. You can also visit Do512 for a chance to score free drinks. More information is available here.

See What’s Up For F1 Weekend in Austin | Fan Fest

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Formula 1 weekend is in full swing. The 2014 U.S. GRAND PRIX will draw thousands of race fans to Circuit of The Americas for the next three days, resulting in millions of dollars of economic impact for Austin. The festivities kicked off in style on Wednesday as Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel burned rubber down Congress Avenue in the 2011 championship winning car.

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They even rigged up an engine to perform the national anthem:

The official Formula One website asked a few drivers and other team personnel how they felt about returning to Austin and Circuit of The Americas, and it sounds like they’re having a blast.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing:

“Hand on heart, this is probably the date on the calendar I look forward to the most. I’ve loved every minute of being in Austin: when they picked this place for the US Grand Prix, they absolutely nailed it. The city is awesome. I love listening to live music and this is a great place for that, plus Texas feels like real America, and that’s something I’ve really enjoyed just sinking into the last two seasons. And then, there’s the important bit. The Circuit of The Americas, in my opinion, is the best of the new breed of circuits.”

Tickets are close to selling out, but you can still purchase general admission passes (starting at $139) for each day, including race day on Sunday. In addition to world-class racing there will be a festival atmosphere taking place throughout Circuit of The Americas, including bars, food from more than 60 food trucks, and a post-race concert by Kid Rock on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a FREE, 3-day festival will be taking place in the heart of downtown Austin. Kicking off at noon on Friday, Austin Fan Fest will offer live music and family events across 10 city blocks, on four stages and at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

This year’s lineup includes Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, De La Soul, DeVotchKa, Texas Tornados, and a slew of local talent including Whiskey Shivers, Black Joe Lewis, Heartless Bastards and many more. Duran Duran will also play a ticketed show at ACL Live on November 1st.

While you’re out running the streets for Austin Fan Fest you can also stop by the Red Bull Paddock at 319 Colorado Street. Located inside The Market, the downtown lounge offers an open-air deck where you can enjoy drinks, music, and rub elbows with race fans. You can visit Do512 for a chance to score Red Bull cocktail hookups as well.

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The Red Bull Paddock

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Do512 Restaurant Of The Week: Swift’s Attic

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Serving farm to table food is not a novel concept here in Austin; surrounded by ranches and farms we are privy to a plethora of produce and livestock known to create a bevy of trend words such as “local, organic, whole food” invading the tip of every restaurants tongue in Austin. Yet, few establishments have the ability to offer them up in the delicious and creative way that Swift’s Attic has managed to do. Billed as “modern American small plates,” Swift’s specializes in whimsical shared plates, utilizing familiar ingredients in new ways encouraging sharing and community during the dining experience.

Located on the 3rd block of Congress, Swift’s Attic occupies the historic Swift Premium Food Company building. As an homage to the original occupants and to the bird, owners C.K. Chin and Stuart Thomajan decided on the name Swift’s Attic when they opened in 2012. Similar to their cuisine style, the decor is a nod to the old with a creative twist. Exposed brick wall and natural wood capture the charm of the original building and are paired with whimsical details including large framed paintings of swift birds and a substantial bird cage chandelier. Large plush booths and long wooden tables make Swifts the perfect place for a large group while the small tables tucked in the corners under twinkling lights set the mood for a romantic dinner for two.

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As impressive as the decor may be it is the menu that is stunning. The dinner menu is laden with small plates focused on locally sourced and handmade elements. The dishes excel at being both familiar (think grits, ) with traces of international variety ranging from French to Chinese. The chefs menu changes every night inspired by whatever they can get from local farms with some of the staples becoming mainstay menu items. Best for groups, after an initial inquiry into any food allergies or strong dislikes at the table, you will be served round after round of off-the-menu amazing dishes featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Swifts also serves up both Brunch and Lunch. Brunch is served from 10:30-2:30pm every Sunday. Classics such as Croque Madames and pancakes are served alongside Forbidden Rice Bibimbap with house kimchi and a poached egg. $1 mimosas are served all brunch alongside a $7 make your own bloody mary bar. If you are located downtown (or have the luxury of a long lunch hour) the daily Business Lunch Special consists of a ½ sandwich and soup for only $8.

Being long time fans of Swift’s Attic, we jumped at the chance to come visit them and taste some of their dishes. Of course every great meal starts with a great cocktail. Stocked with local beers, an extensive wine list, and seasonal cocktails the drink menu is as considerable as the food menu. Enamoured with the Ice Ball Cocktails, the ice and ingredients are crushed down then handmade into molds every night, we selected the S

trawberry Fields and the IceBall Oldie. The Strawberry Fields ice ball is composed of strawberry, kaffir lime, and toasted coriander crushed down into a perfect sphere over which a mixture of Santo Azul Blanco and prosecco is lovingly paired. Upon first sip the drink is quite strong but as you let it sit the drink meddles into fresh, bright flavors. The IceBall Oldie is a new take on the familiar with a crushed cherry herring, orange and lemon zest and juice and Angostura bitters and topped with Knob Rye.

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Being well sated we were happy to move on to the snacks, Charred Edamame and Strawberries and Lardo. The lightly charred edamame are dusted with a chili oil and accompanied with house made rock salt pop rocks to create a spicy, smoked taste accentuated with the popping of the pop rocks. The smooth fresh strawberries were paired perfectly with the velvety lardo topped with micro basil and a pecan gastrique. At only $7 each they were the perfect size to share.

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From the plates portion of the menu were were wowed by the Lockhart Quail, perfectly crisped and presented over blue cheese grits alongside candy almonds and a bing cherry gastrique (the grits were so good, they almost had us licking the plates.) The notorious SA’s puffy tacos, flavorful pigtail carnitas topped accentuated with citrus, red onion, and grilled grapefruit on top a perfectly puffed taco will put all other tacos to shame. For lovers of seafood, the crispy squid fries are incredibly delightful paired with a garlic aioli dipping sauce and charred lemon and the delectable shrimp puppies will have you asking for the recipe.

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Happy Hour Squid Fries

Finally, we ended the night with one of the dishes off the Lunch menu, the Beef Kebab. The spiced chili and cumin rubbed angus rests on housemade flatbread topped with chimichurri and creme fraiche, definitely a dish we will be coming back for.

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Despite the depth and complexity of each dish we found that the shared plates were perfectly sized. The mixture of the wide variety of dishes, strong, fun cocktails, and the great mood music (curated by the front of house manager for every night) creates an amazing atmosphere at Swifts for having an intimate date night or dinner before going out with a group of friends. Be sure to go on a Monday night for the Big Ass Burger night and $3 Monday night pint night, a new burger is whipped up every Monday night out of crazy concoctions such as the Daddy Fat Stacks composed of a beef cake, caramelized onion gravy, smoked cheddar, duck fat cabbage, and green spinach all on Yukon Gold potato chips. Get there early though, they only make 12 a night! In town for Fun Fun Fun Fest? Half price cocktails are served Monday-Friday 2-6:30pm and the location makes it perfect to grab some delicious locally sourced food before heading to the shows.

The best news of all? The genius’ behind Swift’s Attic are opening a traditional dim sum and Chinese food restaurant winter 2015! Just imagine dim sum and authentic Chinese food finally finding a home in Austin.

Be sure to ENTER TO WIN a $25 gift card on Do512 and head over to Swift’s Attic for a meal you won’t forget!

http://swiftsattic.com/

– Contributed by: Page Jensen Slattengren –

 

Texas Two-Wheel Tuesdays at Doc’s | Win a Bike!

With the increased amount of traffic in Austin over the past few years, bikes have become a necessary transportation tool for every day life. Are you one of those unlucky souls who still don’t have a bike or a hand-me-down Huffy? Don’t fret. Every Tuesday, starting on November 4th, Doc’s Motorworks on 38th Street will be giving away a bicycle from Ozone Bikes!

Interested? Here’s the deal: Visit the giveaway page on Do512 and click “Enter to Win”. Once you’ve done that, show up to Doc’s on the night of the event and think winning thoughts. You must me be 21+, and you must to be there at the time of the drawing, so don’t drink too much too soon!

Drawing dates and times:

  • 1st Tuesday of the month, 11/4 — 8:00pm
  • 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11/11 — 9:00pm
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11/18 — 10:00pm
  • 4th Tuesday of the month, 11/25 — 11:00pm
  • 5th Tuesday of the month, 12/2 — 12:00am

Speaking of drinking, Doc’s Motorworks will be offering $2.50 Real Ale drafts, $3 Texas drafts, $3 Dos XX, $3.50 Tito’s, $5 sliders, and $5 pan cheese fries all night. In addition, you can bring your bike and get FREE tune-ups from Ozone Bikes until 9pm!

\Find more details at Do512.com/TexasTwoWheelTuesdays.

Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. at the Historic Scoot Inn

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Words by Jessica Skinner
Photos by Roger Ho

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. For example, a last-minute announcement for a surprise Gary Clark Jr. show at the Historic Scoot Inn on Wednesday night. And if you were savvy enough to find and accept the challenge (waiting in line with hundreds of other people at noon on Wednesday to score a free wristband for the show), you know by now that you definitely did the right thing.

Last night, local hip-hop artists Zeale and Phranchyze warmed up a capacity crowd for a hometown show from Gary Clark Jr. and his band. To no one’s surprise, Clark and his band turned the backyard of the Historic Scoot Inn into a lively party as they took over the venue for a ripping 1.5 hour set. Distorted guitar riffs echoed across tin roofs throughout the car-lined streets of the East 4th neighborhood, proudly announcing the Austin guitar hero’s return to town.

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The band dipped into hits from Clark’s self-titled EP and major-label debut Blak And Blu, adding the soulful improvisational flair that has earned Clark international acclaim. The crowd delighted at the band’s tight-knit chemistry, which provided a feel-good performance from Clark and bandmates Johnny Bradley (bass), Eric “King” Zapata (rhythm guitar), and Johnny Radelat (drums).

Clark’s live performance, like the legendary rhythm and blues guitarists he’s oft compared to, consistently delivers those ephemeral moments that are far too often edited out for studio production. The grinding guitar riffs and unscripted solos that came alive on the patio stage last night felt like a special treat just for us, the adoring audience. It’s as though these extended instrumentals prove to be too magical to be fully captured in studio renditions — though the new double-disc Gary Clark, Jr. Live album comes pretty damn close.

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While Clark was once a staple of the Austin nightlife, in recent years these performances have become less frequent as he has earned an international audience. The hometown heavyweight’s guitar licks have earned him comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, an invitation from Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and a GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Please Come Home.”

Throughout last night’s performance, local fans shouted declarations of love and hometown pride at the stage in appreciation of not only his meteoric rise, but to say thanks for a special evening. Clark used his words sparingly, returning a few sweet nothings between wailing numbers that rocked fans into celebratory twists, shouts, and chants for “Gary” after an amazing set.

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Bastille w/ Ella Eyre at the Cedar Park Center 11/6

Hailing from London, Bastille began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith, whose birthday is July 14 (aka Bastille Day.) The 2014 Brit Award winners for Best Breakthrough Act became a full-fledged band in 2010 with the addition of Chris Wood, William Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons.

The band’s first full-length arrived in 2013, debuting at the top of the U.K. Albums Chart and going on to sell over two million copies while garnering a nomination for British Album of the Year. The song below also won Bastille “Best Cover Woodie” at the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards.

On Thursday, November 6th you can catch this breakthrough band at the Cedar Park Center with Ella Eyre. Rising pop star Ella Eyre is known for much more than just having a strong distaste for projector televisions circa 2002 (see 1:35 in the video below.) She’s made quite the name for herself in the U.K. despite only having 3 years of songwriting experience. Start listening now, because we’re positive she will blow up in the states as well.

Sound good? Good. Click here for tickets to see Bastille play Cedar Park Center on 11/6 with Ella Eyre. Learn more about this event and all others via Do512.

Matisyahu w/ Radical Something at Stubb’s 11/2

Matisyahu and Stubb’s go way back. In 2005 he released his breakout album, Live at Stubb’s, which reached #1 on the Reggae Albums Chart and #30 on the Billboard 200. Then, in 2011, he recorded Live at Stubb’s Vol. 2. On Sunday, November 2, it is your chance to catch Matisyahu’s next Stubb’s endeavor – a show with Radical Something and Cisco Adler!

Here is a Stubb’s flashback…

and your chance to catch the next and newest Matisyahu!

One day, and one day only – Sunday, November 2. Radical Something and Cisco Adler will also bring their irresistible California sunshine sounds to the show. Enter to win, buy your tickets, and get details here!

 

We Interviewed Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show

As you may have heard, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is broadcasting from Austin this week. Host Jon Stewart and his fellow correspondents are here to cover the midterm elections, dubbing the Austin episodes “Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess.”

Yesterday, their week-long run of tapings at the ZACH Theatre kicked off with a visit from Texas State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis, who discussed school funding, lack of voter turnout in Texas, the controversial voter I.D. law, and her 13-hour long filibuster.

As you would expect, there were also cutting-egde reports from “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” including Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Jordan Klepper, Jessica Williams, Al Madrigal and Aasif Mandvi. One prime topic of conversation was the heated Dallas/Austin rivalry, and Texas’ recent brush with Ebola.

According to Correspondent Jessica Williams, Austin residents don’t need to worry about getting the Dallas version of Ebola, because we can locally source our own.

“Austin is already brewing its own locally-sourced, small-batch, fair-trade organic cage-free, farm-to-table Ebola. Keep Ebola weird!”



After the taping we were able to sit down with long-time Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi to ask him a few questions. Mandvi became a regular on The Daily Show in 2007, quickly becoming America’s favorite Muslim-Indian-Arab-Brown correspondent. His new book No Land’s Man comes out next month.

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Aasif Mandvi, Courtesy of The Daily Show

Do512: How did you enjoy the show today?

Aasif: I liked it. It’s good to be back. I’ve been away for a while.

Do512: Where have you been?

Aasif: I’ve actually been away for about 6 months shooting this HBO series. So I’ve been in LA and I left in April to go write on the show and then also act on it. It’s called The Brink and its going to be on HBO next year with Jack Black, Tim Robbins, John Larroquette…It’s a great cast.

Do512: Did they remember you when you got back to The Daily Show?

Aasif: I had to remind them who I was. I had to say “yes, remember me? I’m the brown guy that you guys used to send to Iraq all the time.” No they were great, they have always been great about that stuff.

Do512: What do you think of Austin?

Aasif: I’ve never been to Austin before. This is my first time. It seems like a party town. There’s a lot going on, even at a hotel on a Sunday night. I was like, wow, people really love to party in this city.

Do512: What did you get to eat off of Jordan Klepper’s meat necklace during the show today?

Aasif: As delicious as that might have looked on camera, it was less so once you put it in your mouth. There’s nothing like cold, old meat. And I don’t eat pork but I may have chowed down on a little spare rib. I don’t know what happened. I haven’t eaten pork in like 30 some years and I may have actually had my first spare rib in a long time.

Do512: I was at a live taping of “The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart” last night, and I overheard a rumor that they are hiring another Muslim for The Daily Show, and that he’s quite funny.

Aasif: I don’t know how funny he is, I’ve never met him. He hasn’t made me laugh. I’m kidding, but yes they have hired another correspondent on the show who happens to be also brown. But you know it sort of gets framed like “hey look, they hired another brown guy.” They don’t say that when they hire another white guy. They didn’t say “Well we already have Jason Jones, why do we need Jordan Klepper? He’s a white guy. We have a white guy!” You know? He’s a very funny young comedian who’s going to be great on the show and he happens to be a brown guy.

Do512: Do you remember your first, external assignment for The Daily Show?

Aasif: Yes, they sent me to the University of Illinois. The story was about the mascot, Chief Illiniwek, which a lot of people were claiming was a racial stereotype, while other people said was a tradition. I went and talked to the students on campus and the student who was pro-mascot decided that he would talk to us, and he sat down with this painted face. It’s hilarious because you realize as he’s talking how absurd that begins to look when he’s trying to have this serious conversation with us about why he cares about this mascot, while wearing Native American war paint. The absurdity of it was just right there. That was my first piece.

Do512: What are some of the other assignments that weren’t so heartwarming?

Aasif: I have had a couple of people take swings at me conventions. Congressman John Murtha, I asked him in 2008 what congress hoped to not achieve in the coming year, and he took umbrage with that question and I saw his fists get clenched and I think he said something like “young man how dare you ask me such an impertinent question.” And I was like this is going to make great television. If I get punched it’s going to be terrible for my face, but great for The Daily Show.

Do512: Were you surprised by the result of your interview with Don Yelton??

Aasif: I was surprised. I didn’t think he was going to get fired. He sort of, hoisted on your own petard, he did it to himself. He obviously said all of those things on television. What’s sad about it is the GOP fired him because they were trying to reach out to African American voters in that district and he was on television using the N word, it was almost sort of like, we don’t say that out loud! What are you doing?! You can’t say that on television! I think they had to get rid of him. I think it was just survival for them to get rid of him.

Do512: Have you found it more difficult to get those kinds of responses out of people over the years now that they ready for it?

Aasif: I find that if you talk to people for long enough, people just start to open up. Sometimes we talk to people who nobody else is talking to, and there’s a reason for that. And then other times people just express their passion about things, and in Don Yelton’s case, he thinks black people are lazy.

Do512: You’ve done some other political interviews on news outlets like CNN. Do you find it difficult to marry your comedic side with a desire to cover politics in a straightforward way?

Aasif: I haven’t done any correspondence with CNN. I don’t know who’s been saying that. That person is maybe confusing me with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I am not a doctor, but I’m flattered. Sanjay Gupta is a very handsome man and he is like a guy who can just get up out of bed and run a marathon. So, if people are confusing me with him, I’m happy about that.

Do512: While the comedic side of politics raises awareness in young people, do you think it actually gets them engaged in ways you hope it would?

Aasif: People come up to me all the time and they are like “I get all my news from The Daily Show” and I always find that to be a little bit disturbing. I think it’s also a testament to the kind of news that we are being fed in this country. I think it’s incredibly partisan and corporate and I don’t think people trust the media anymore in the way that they did during the days of Walter Cronkite. I feel like there is a sense of apathy and disillusionment around the media, as it feels bought and paid for. Fox being a perfect example, but CNN as well. CNN looks like it has turned into a travel and leisure channel. They fired all of their investigate reporters. This is what’s happening to news in this country. News is becoming comedy and comedy is becoming news, and that’s a sad state of affairs.

Do512: Was there any specific time in your life when you realized you had this political fire?

Aasif: I think what happened to me was I got politicized after 9/11. After 9/11 I felt like there was something I needed to say, as an artist. I still think of myself as an artist more than a journalist or an advocate. As an artist I felt like after 9/11 there was something I needed to say that was more than just about the immigrant thing but something larger, about America and the commentary on being American. That is something that has grown for me. I never started off as a political person. I used to get all my news from The Daily Show.

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Do512: You’ve got a book coming out next month. What can people expect from it?

Aasif: There are mostly stories, essays inspired by my life, about growing up. It’s called No Land’s Man and it’s really about my life. I’m hesitant to call it a memoir because it’s not, it’s more like vignettes about things that have happened in my life that deal with a brown kid growing up in a white world. I’ve lived in a lot of different places and it’s sort of about the immigrant journey. It’s humorous but I feel like the serious undertones have to deal with race and class and America post 9/11 and the relationship between Islam and America.

Do512: Would you have any advice for aspiring Daily Show correspondents?

Aasif: I would say aspiring correspondents learn as little as you can about journalism and you’ll fit in just fine. And check your soul at the door. I was doing street theater back in the early 90s and I would just go up to strangers and harass them, so when I started doing that on The Daily Show it just felt like I was going right back into that world. I’ve always enjoyed calling people out on their shit and The Daily Show allows us to do that.

Do512: We’re super into tacos in Austin. What ingredients would be on your perfect taco?

Aasif: My perfect taco.. Well first of all the shell has to be incredibly delicious. I like the soft shell taco over the crisp. It needs to be really well made. I like a beef taco or a steak taco. I like some avocado. I like some salsa, some spicy salsa, maybe a little chili pepper and little lemon—a spicy taco, a hot, spicy taco. That’s also what they call the girls here in Austin, I think.

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You can follow Aasif Mandvi at Twitter.com/Aasif and Facebook.com/AasifMandvi. His book No Land’s Man comes out in bookstores on November 4th. Pre-order it right here.

- Contributed by Lawrence Boone

A Deadeye Halloween at Threadgill’s South World HQ

There are scores of Grateful Dead tributes. The quintessential jam band has inspired an entire subculture of bootleg swapping among their fans, some of whom are able to list their entire catalogue of songs alphabetically. People routinely followed the band across the country, effectively making their love for the band a central component of their lifestyle. As Jerry himself said: “We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”

There’s even an online catalog of bands around the United States who are still rocking the Dead’s classic anthems. BUT, there aren’t many that do it like Austin’s own DeadEye. The group, composed of Lee Braverman, Joe Faulhaber, Trevor Nealon, Shadd Scott, Keith Sennikoff, is dedicated to mastering as much of the Dead catalog as possible while giving it a fresh, new energy.

Here’s some footage of their 60′s night at the Empire Control Room:

This weekend, DeadEye will be hitting the stage at Threadgill’s South on Friday & Saturday night. Don your best party costume on Halloween night, then come back to keep jamming with DeadEye on Saturday. Tickets are available here, and you can enter to win a free pair for both shows.